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Whisky Reviews for Clynelish 1997 BR
4 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.67 points
Waxy, fruity (melons, dried apricots, nectarines), mineral
Oily, creamy, tea biscuits, vanilla, toffee, salty
Medium long, fruity, spicy (cinnamon)
Clynelish 1997. That in itself should be enough to start you drooling. I will put two sister casks head to head, both from Berry Brothers. Cask 4050 (this one) was bottled in 2014 at 55,2%. Cask 4051 (coming tomorrow) was bottled in 2015. Putting these next to each other is going to be a pleasure.
Wonderfully waxy nose on stone fruit (mirabelles and cherries) and a dried apricot. Great minerality. Gravel. Vanilla and a spiciness so soft that it is almost not detectable. Beeswax and even some paraffin. Slowly but surely toffee emerges and it becomes sweeter.
It is creamy and round on the palate. First there is a surprisingly salty hint, before the vanilla and the dried fruit kick in. Something that reminds me of nectarine. Sweet malt and a pinch of cinnamon. This is absolutely great stuff. Delicious!
Truly long finish that leaves the mouth completely dry and makes you long for a sip of water.
May I confirm once more that Clynelish 1997 is absolutely brilliant? You can buy this blind without hesitation. Damn, good stuff.
- Note by Serge Valentin from whiskyfun.com:
Clynelish 17 yo 1997/2014 (55.2%, Berry Bros & Rudd, cask #4050) BB&R is another house that already got some excellent Clynelishes. Bah, anyway, all 1997s are pretty great… Colour: white wine. Nose: ah, it’s a fruitier one, with peaches, with less rocks and herbs and waxy/smoky things. Feels a little un-1997 – and rather more +/-1990, that is to say softer – but let’s discuss the issue further once water’s been added. With water: closed! Not the greatest swimmer in Sutherland, this one, maybe should it spend a few days at the (rather boring) Royal Marine Hotel. Yawn… Mouth (neat): indeed, it’s rather a fruitier one, with more roughish and sweetish notes, and less sharp Clynelishness. Don’t get me wrong, it’s very good, but the others were more convincing as far as pure Clynelishness is concerned. Splitting hairs now, but that’s our very duty. With water: good not great, as they say. Sweet fruit syrups, and little wax, let alone smoke. Finish: same. Rounded and polished preserved sweetness. Comments: surprised. It’s good, but it’s rather un-Clynelish. And yet, the vintage… Another malty mystery? SGP:541 - 81 points.